Living in China goes hand-in-hand with having WeChat. One does not function without it. With payment solutions, business accounts, taxi services, and more, WeChat’s services are surpassing the likes of Whatsapp and Facebook messenger.

This week, we caught up Andrew Schorr, the co-founder of Grata, and Edaan Getzel, the co-founder of Rikai Labs at CHat, a conference on WeChat and global messaging trends hosted last week in Shanghai. In this episode, we discuss why we shouldn’t overly celebrate the successes of WeChat, how chatbots can be built with personalities, and why, contrary to its name, artificial intelligence actually lacks intelligence.

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China Startup Pulse is a weekly podcast designed to give startup enthusiasts around the world a behind the scenes and on-the-ground understanding of what’s happening in China’s startup ecosystem. Founded and hosted by Ryan Shuken and Todd Embley, and produced by Vivian Law and David Xu, China Startup Pulse is sponsored by Chinaccelerator, People Squared, and TechNode.

TechNode does not endorse any commentary made in the program.

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